Suddenlink, Fox reach last-minute carriage deal

Hours before their carriage deal was set to expire, Fox Networks and Suddenlink Communications said late Thursday that they had "reached an agreement in principle."

The deal allows Suddenlink to continue carrying FX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Speed, Fuel TV, Fox Soccer, Fox Movie Channel, Fox Deportes, Fox College Sports and regional sports networks. The agreement also includes retransmission-consent for Fox owned-and-operated TV stations.

"We look forward to finalizing the agreement and are pleased that we could come to terms without any service interruption for Suddenlink customers and our loyal Fox viewers," Fox and Suddenlink said in a joint statement.

Chase Carey, the COO of Fox parent News Corp. (Nasdaq: NWSA), has been pushing Fox to include multiplatform distribution terms in its deals with cable and satellite affiliates. Last year, Fox pulled all full-length TV series from and said it would only allow viewers from pay TV providers that sign an authentication deal with Fox to watch its programming online.

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